Hey everybody it’s Sara from The Style Blog.
I’m back again. I know I promised a life update video so that’s what this video is going to
be. I know I’ve been gone a long time. A lot’s happened in my life. I know a lot’s happened
in your lives since I’ve talked to you guys last so let me know what’s up in your lives
too because I’d love to hear from you & connect with you guys. I feel like the last time I
saw you guys I posted a life update video and I was still really grieving my brother’s
passing, and if you don’t know what I’m talking about, go to the video on my channel. He passed
in the 2011 Joplin tornado. So that was very heartbreaking to me obviously and it took
me a long time to learn how to function after that. I thought I could come back to YouTube
to make videos, but it was just so heartbreaking to me because he’s the one who got me started
on YouTube videos and I just couldn’t do it without being completely grief stricken so
I obviously have been gone a long time. I feel like I’m ready to be back, and I’ve had
so many changes in my life since then. So last time you guys saw me I was just finishing
my Bachelor’s degree. Actually I think I just graduated with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration
from the University of Arkansas in financial management/investments and retail marketing.
That is the biggest mouthful ever! So I graduated a semester early. I adopted Lydia. I think
I showed you guys Lydia last time. She’s my best bud & I love her so much. So that next
spring, Easter of 2012, my now-husband, then-boyfriend, Grant proposed to me. Obviously I said yes.
So then we got married later that year, and I will post some wedding pictures. We got
married in August of 2012, and then we lived in Joplin for a couple of years. I worked
with the Will Norton Miracle Field then, and that was the best experience because we got
to work with Rotary and Keller Williams to build this special needs baseball field in
Joplin called the Will Norton Miracle Field, and it was such a blessing to the community
& also our family, but that’s obviously not the point of it. It was so, almost, healing
in a way to go out there & see Will’s name all over the place & these kids having so
much fun. So any kid could participate in the baseball games: blind, deaf, autistic,
cerebral palsy, wheelchair-ridden, any special need. We would find a way for them to be able
to participate in this baseball game. No one wins, no one loses. They had so much fun.
Each game an adult or another child “buddies.” You partner up with a player and kind of go
through the game with them & run the bases with them &all sorts of things & help them
with stuff they need help on & if they don’t, just be their friend for the day. That was
so much fun. I didn’t miss a game when we lived in Joplin. It was the best experience.
I had so, so much fun, and I know the kids did too. I was on their board for awhile.
I was the treasurer. That was such a blessing in my life, and I have the best memories from
that time. So right after Grant & I got married we adopted another dog Reagan who is our 150-pound
Newfoundland. A “gentle giant” is what they call Newfoundlands, and she really is. She’s
the sweetest dog ever & she’s huge & I love her so much, and she’s been such a blessing
in our lives too. So we love our 2 dogs. We love taking them on trips hiking, and we took
a huge Airstream trip down to Florida & then one to Colorado. We took them on these trails
& it was so much fun. That was one of the best memories since you guys have seen me.
I love that time so much. So, in 2014 we moved to Kansas City for my husband’s schooling,
and while we were there, I kept thinking, “I want to do something different with my
life.” I have the best memories, ok not the best memories, but I have amazing memories
of these nurses who took care of my family when we were in the hospital after the tornado.
My dad was super hurt & had to have multiple surgeries. He had so many broken bones, and
these nurses who took care of him and also took care of our family, because we were hurting
so badly at that time, just left this lasting impact on me. I knew in my heart that I wanted
to be able to give back to people in the way that those nurses gave to us so I decided:
Oh my gosh, I’m going to become a nurse! So I attended Mid America Nazarene University
in Olathe, Kansas. It’s just around Kansas City. It’s a suburb of Kansas City. I got
my Bachelor’s degree in nursing, and then I knew that I wanted to do ICU nursing because
I wanted to impact the sickest people who needed not just nursing care, but also emotional
care the most. I applied to ICU. I started in ICU at a top hospital in Kansas City right
after I graduated, and then I worked there until I had my daughter. So Grant & I said,
“Hey, we’ve been married 5 years. We’ve been together like 9 years. So it’s time to have
kids.” So we tried & ta-da! I was pregnant. We found out we were having a girl, & we were
so excited, and I gave birth to her in July of 2018. Since then I have been a full-time
mommy. So I really missed you guys so much, and I missed this community so I decided:
why have I not made videos? I feel like I’m ready to come back & I feel like my grief
almost about my brother Will & his connection with YouTube & me just only being able to
see him from YouTube has transformed into a gratitude almost for me. I’m so glad that
he introduced me to this community. Now we have our own little Style Blog community.
You all are so supportive & loving. I’ve missed you guys so much. Now when I think of YouTube
I just think that I made so many cool memories with Will because of YouTube so I want to
keep making memories with you guys with YouTube also. So it’s not like a grief thing for me
anymore. It’s more like I’m just incredibly grateful. I’m incredibly grateful for the
time I got to spend with Will & YouTube & this community, & for each one of you who’s ever
watched my videos. I don’t know. I pray for you guys every day. Those people who watch
my videos & support me, thank You God for all of them because you guys are amazing & you’ve
been a huge part of this healing process for me & I just want to thank you from the bottom
of my heart. I want these videos to be a blessing to your life & also a blessing to my life.
I hope I’m a positive channel you can go to to just be yourself & to have fun & laugh.
I just can’t tell you enough. I know I’ve said this like 100 times, I am so so so grateful
for all of you. I encourage you to come connect with me in the comments here or on Instagram
or Facebook or Twitter or whatever it is. If you made it through this whole video, thank
you, and I will see you guys again soon. I hope to connect with you all, and thank you
again, & I’ll see you next time. Bye.